December 17th, 2009

Schools in the Recession
Schools In The Recession Podcast: Elizabeth Fagen On Turning Around Tucson, Arizona

( Click here to download the podcast )

Elizabeth Fagen is one of the youngest big city superintendents in the country. At age 36 she’s in her second year overseeing the 57,000 students and 105 schools in Tucson, Arizona, and she’s got her hands full.

Arizona is ranked 50th in the nation in per-pupil funding.  On top of that the Tucson school district had to cut 10% of their budget last year.  Nonetheless Fagan is optimistic that innovative thinking will improve Tucson schools and reverse a steady decline in attendance.  For her sake it better work — only three of the five members of the Tucson School Board voted to hire her.

John Merrow spoke with Dr. Fagen to find out how Tucson schools are weathering the “great recession.”

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